Spring 1985 • Vol. VII No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 1985 |

from The Death of Cock Robin: The Charges against Cock Robin

(After the paintings of DeLoss McGraw)              Speaker: His Honor James T. "Just call me Jim" Crowe.          Chorus: Titmouse and Dormouse, Eagle and Sea Gull, Cuckoo and Water Shrew.  It is charged he's been known to warble            (Deplorable!) An aria, love song, a recitatif            (Good Grief!) When he goes walking, long after curfew            (Lord preserve you!) Waking up both town and country.            (What effrontery!) We find it far more injurious            (We're just furious!) That he sings beyond other birds' range            (He's strange!) Though they practice and pay the best teachers            (Poor creatures!) While his tunes baffle us and defeat us.            (Elitist!) Moreover, he dresses in a fashion   

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